Finland Turns Down Asylum Applications of Jehovah’s Witnesses From Russia

By Sputnik News

Despite the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses have been branded as extremists in neighbouring Russia, the Finnish authorities still consider it a safe country for the practitioners of this denomination, which differs significantly from mainstream Christianity.

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses who have fled Russia have had their asylum applications denied in Finland on the grounds that Russia is considered a safe country, the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported.

Between 2017 and 2019, Migri received a total of about 250 applications for asylum from Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses. Of these, 90 have been reviewed so far, and the overwhelming majority have been rejected, Migri’s Anu Karppi reported. Only about 10 percent of all requests were granted. According to the newspaper, the decision was grounded in the fact that Russia is considered a “safe country” for them.